Whether you’ve recently moved into a house featuring a Florida room or have had one for years but rarely use it, you may very well feel inspired to transform this space into something more attractive and functional.
While Florida rooms — they also go by sunrooms, solariums, garden rooms, patio rooms, or sun porches — get their name from being especially popular in the Sunshine State, they can be found in homes all across the country. Compared to a traditional patio featuring a table and some chairs, Florida rooms provide homeowners with a more functional indoor/outdoor living space.
In need of some inspiration? To upgrade your Florida room into a space that you, your family and guests can all enjoy, consider the following ideas:
Add Plenty of Plants
For homeowners who love the idea of having their own conservatory, go all out by adding a variety of plants to your Florida room. You can either choose large vases and urns with a striking combination of ferns and silk plants. Or, if you’re a green thumb, add plenty of live plants and a potting bench with built-in storage for gardening supplies.
Since Florida rooms are typically located on a side of the home that gets ample sunlight, know that live plants can often flourish in this space. As such, if you’re the gardening type, having a room on the side or back of your home where you can pursue your passion for plants must sound pretty ideal.
Turn it Into a Home Office
Florida rooms that are fully walled in can be transformed into an incredible home office. If this idea sounds appealing but one side of the room is open or features a screen, you may want to add a glass wall for an enhanced aesthetic. Plus, if you run a business out of your home, know that a Florida room can serve as an ideal and unique space to meet with clients, especially since it typically has its own entrance.
To serve as a home office, add a full-sized desk, shelving, and anything else you need. Then, work on creating a walkway to the Florida room, so clients can easily find you when arriving at your home for a meeting. Even if you don’t meet with clients, this room would make for a great personal workspace. Or, if your kids are attending school virtually these days, turn it into a study room that feels separate from the rest of the house.
Entertain Guests in a Welcoming Room
If you have friends or family visiting from out of town, know that a Florida room can be a welcoming place to hang out and relax. To highlight the “Florida-ness” of this room, decorate this space with wall art prints that have a beachy feel; for example, people swimming in the ocean, prints of sand and shells, and photos of seagulls will certainly do the trick.
Additionally, you can paint the walls bright blue, with highlights of sandy tan, and add lanterns and oil lamps to light the room in the evening. You could also include comfortable chairs and couches with a rustic-looking coffee table that features built-in storage; just add some accent pillows and fleece blankets with a beach theme for chilly nights and your Florida room will be comfortable, cozy, and welcoming all at once.
Enjoy Your New and Useful Florida Room
No matter how you plan to utilize your Florida room, know that you have a variety of options at your disposal. From a conservatory or a home office to an entertainment space and more, this versatile type of room can bring you, your family, and guests plenty of enjoyment for years to come.